Floridians turned out in record numbers for the first day of early voting in Florida on Monday. According to state election officials, more than 350,000 Floridians cast their ballots on Monday, when 52 of Florida’s 67 counties opened early voting. In addition, Floridians have requested more than 2.5 million absentee ballots (sometimes called vote by mail).
Around Lake Okeechobee:
• Glades County early voting will take place Saturday, Oct. 24, through Saturday, Oct. 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 598 Avenue J, Moore Haven. For more information about voting in Glades County, go online to voteglades.com.
• Hendry County early voting started Oct. 19 and runs through Oct. 31, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 25 E. Hickpochee Ave., LaBelle, and at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 1100 S. Olympia St., Suite 504, Clewiston.
• In Martin County, early voting started Oct. 19 and continues through Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Early voting locations include the Elizabeth Lahti Librry, 15200 S.W, Adams Ave., Indiantown. For more information on voting in Martin County, go online to martinvotes.com.
• Okeechobee County early voting started Oct. 19 and continues through Oct. 31, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the Historic Okeechobee County Courthouse, 304 N.W. Second St. For more information on voting in Okeechobee County, go online to voteokeechobee.com.
• Palm Beach County early voting started Oct. 19, and ends Nov. 1, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting sites include the Belle Glade Branch Library, 725 N.W. Fourth St., Belle Glade and the supervisor of elections’ West County Branch Office, 2976 State Road 15, Belle Glade. For more information about voting in Palm Beach County, go online to www.pbcelections.org.
Bring photo identification
Voters must bring an acceptable photo ID such as:
• Florida driver license,
• Florida ID card (issued by DHSMV),
• U.S. passport,
• debit or credit card,
• military ID, student ID,
• retirement center ID,
• neighborhood association ID,
• public assistance ID,
• Veteran Health ID (issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs),
• Concealed Weapon License (issued pursuant to F.S. 790.06), or,
• employee ID card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the federal government, the state, a county or a municipality.
If your photo ID does not include your signature, you will be asked to provide another ID that has your signature. If you do not bring your ID, you may still vote; however, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot, which will later be evaluated by a canvassing board for eligibility.